Apr. 16, 2013

Some Things Have Changed in America

"God bless America/Land that I love/Stand beside her/And Guide Her/Thru the night with a light from above"
                      "God Bless America" Irving Berlin, 1918, 1938

"God Bless America" is sung during the 7th inning stretch at every major league ballpark in America. It has been the practice since September 11, 2001.

Some things in America have changed. Some things haven't.

America has become a nation of crisis. We go from crisis to crisis and that is what our money-generated media focuses on and YES, capitalizes on. Our fellow "News Junkies" have become addicted to the 24-hour news cycle so much that the ratings go crazy during a crisis so much that cable news keeps repeating the shows late into the night.

On April 15 at 9:00pm I was curious to see if the regular networks continued to carry coverage of the tragic bombing at the Boston Maraton. Nope. The networks went into their regular programming. If you wanted, you could still watch "Dancing With The Stars." The other networks had their regular shows on also.

Is this good, bad, or are you indifferent at this point?

The bottom line is cable news is there for us "Need To Know" types. Everyone else can get their entertainment in their usual spots. It doesn't make you less patriotic to NOT watch the Boston Terror Attack late into the night.

The numbing news-driven tragedy structure in America is in full swing and it has carried over into the political landscape. We care more about Gun Control Legislation (pro or con). It is played up on all the news channels and is a highly-charged story that keeps going, mostly because of continued activism by our President and the families of Newtown.

It is all getting lumped into one big change in America. People are better informed on how our government works and how we track terrorists down. We care more about this stuff. 

I feel we are a little less unresponsive. Americans really let the last administration take us into Iraq and seemed helpless to stop it. Our fellow citizens seem to be a little more active in this social media age. People call, use FaceBook and Twitter when they want change to happen.

It is quite astonishing to see this turnabout in our people. Regardless of political leanings, people are speaking out when they are pissed. This is a good thing.

Things have changed in America and I think for the better.